Washington County, TN detention officer fired for trying to bring drugs to inmates


WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) –  A Washington County, TN detention officer was fired this week after he reportedly tried to bring in a package of drugs to the detention facility. 

Officers said they intercepted the package that was in Officer Randy Burke’s possession. 

The package contained methamphetamine, suboxone, and subutec.

Sheriff Graybeal said Burke cooperated fully with officers and admitted he was bringing the drugs into inmates.

“He told us the truth. He told us everything, he didn’t hide anything,” Graybeal said. “As far as we know, I don’t know if it was going to come from the inmate or somebody else but there was money involved in it, I’m not sure how much.”

Randy Burke was hired as a Detention Officer March 9, 2015. The sheriff’s office says there have been no prior disciplinary issues during his employment.   

Burke has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, contraband in a penal institution, attempted criminal conspiracy, schedule III drug violations, and with intent to deliver.

“He was a good officer, did his job good. Everybody liked him,” Graybeal said. “It’s just one of those things that happened and when it happens in here, especially anywhere in law enforcement, we have to do what we have to do.”

His bail was set at $25,000. News Channel 11 was told that he has since made bail. 

Burke was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. His next court date is scheduled for July 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

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